The contemporary world has reached a pivotal moment of escalating injustices and apocalyptic risks, but also of unprecedented opportunities. Mounting pressures of social and ecological problems are met by a confluence of intellectual trends that allow the questioning of entrenched assumptions and the unleashing of a forward-oriented sociological imagination. In Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World, a diverse collection of regional experts explore contemporary trends, alternative visions, and new directions for sociological research, raising issues that reflect the complexity of challenges facing future projects on a shared planet. Topics include:  • Feminist and Indigenous Perspectives in Latin America  • An African-centred approach to Knowledge Production  • Post-Islamist Democracy Based on the revised papers of the Opening and Closing Plenaries of the Third ISA Forum of Sociology in Vienna, Austria, July 2016, which Markus Schulz organized on the theme “The Futures We Want: Global Sociology and the Struggles for a Better World.”

Relocalizing the National and Horizontalizing the Global

Relocalizing the National and Horizontalizing the Global
Saskia Sassen


One critical feature of the current phase of capitalism is a proliferation of systemic edges inside national territory. I conceptualize such systemic edges as the point where a condition takes on a format so extreme that it cannot be easily captured through the standard measures used by governments and experts. The key dynamic at these edges is expulsion from the diverse systems in play – economic, social, biospheric. Thereby, what lies beyond such an edge becomes conceptually and analytically invisible, ungraspable. Each major domain has its own distinctive systemic edge or edges – thus, the edge is constituted differently for the economy than it is for ...

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